5013c Board Members
Heather Berry is a Licenced Clinical Social Worker, dedicated to partnering with individuals to achieve their goals of positive wellbeing and improved mental health. Heather has been a mental health provider for over 30 years and believes in the value of active and engaged commitment to self-improvement through education, movement, good nutrition, and social support. Heather has been offering her clients a confidential, safe and supportive private practice environment to be heard, and understood for over 20 years.
Heather has been a director of clinic based mental health services, a college professor, speaker, and outdoor educator. Heather is an active community volunteer and seeks education to continually bring relevant evidence based strategies into her practice.
She has been a strong contributor to the Kern River Valley community, as a leader in times of community crisis, as well as committed to developing community based resources, support groups, and professional liaisons. Heather directs and facilitates the Kern Valley Professional Mental Health Forum, creating a collaborative for local and county mental health leaders to work together, developing programs and resources.
Roberta Piazza Gordon is a hospitality professional with a lifetime of experience. A Kernville native, Roberta owns and operates Piazza’s Pine Cone Inn (est. 1955), the oldest family owned business in Kernville. Roberta spent a decade in the San Joaquin Valley as a television news reporter; she was the first female news anchor in Bakersfield. Her interests include photography, music, and wellness.
Vanessa Herrera is a community minded, nature loving, educator. Her career began in Outdoor/Experiential Education with Colorado Outward Bound where she used rafting and backpacking to teach leadership, grit and resilience. She watched students bloom on course in part because of the simplicity of the lifestyle and the daily connection to nature. She went on to spend more than a decade as a classroom teacher. There she found that so many of her students were uncomfortable with quiet and had trouble focusing in class. In search of a way to help her students, she began exploring mindfulness and implemented this practice both personally and in her classroom. For her maintaining wellness means yoga, meditation, spending time outdoors, and connecting daily with family and friends. Currently she works for the nonprofit Latino Outdoors where she helps Latino communities connect to the joy and healing found in the outdoors.
Elizabeth Szymborski (she/her) has been a Kern River Valley resident since 2014. She received her BS in Business Administration from CSU Bakersfield and has experience as a business consultant, program specialist for a nonprofit organization, and owner and operator of a local small creative business, Rose and Shine Designs. Mrs. Szymborski has many hobbies and passions including art, gardening, long walks with her partner and dogs, cooking, and baking. Mental and physical health are cornerstones in her day to day life and is passionate about being of service to her community.